US President Donald Trump’s tweet on Friday confirming that he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus shocked the world.
With Mr Trump now in hospital, there are growing questions about how the pair were exposed to the virus.
A crowded Rose Garden event is coming under intense focus – the ceremony on 26 September where Mr Trump formally announced his nomination of the conservative Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. The World Health Organization says it commonly takes around five to six days for symptoms to start after contracting the virus.
Footage from the scene showed few attendees wearing masks. The seating was not set two metres (six feet) apart, while some bumped fists, shook hands or even hugged one another in greeting.
Eight people who attended are now confirmed to have the virus – although it is unclear exactly where and when they caught it. Aside from the president and the First Lady:
- New Jersey ex-Governor Chris Christie announced he had the virus on Saturday
- Kellyanne Conway, who resigned as Mr Trump’s senior adviser in August, confirmed on Friday she had tested positive
- Mike Lee, a Republican senator from Utah, confirmed his positive test on Twitter, as did North Carolina senator Thom Tillis
- The University of Notre Dame confirmed their president, Reverend John Jenkins, also has Covid-19
- An unnamed journalist who attended the event also has the virus, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association
Mr and Mrs Trump tested positive after the president’s communications director, Hope Hicks, contracted the virus.